BRIDGES at Pahokee

       Connecting Families, Strengthening Communities

 

 BRIDGES at Pahokee

Tel: 561- 899-1650

170 S. Barfield Highway

Suite 102

Pahokee, FL 33476

Fax: 561-598-5676 

BRIDGES Director: Cornesha Dukes-Chisholm

 

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 What are BRIDGES?

BRIDGES, a program of the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, are gathering places that connect local families to community resources so more children are born healthy, remain free from abuse and neglect, are ready for kindergarten, and have increased access to quality afterschool and summer programs.

 

Why create BRIDGES?

Despite the efforts of previous community-based programs supported by Children’s Services Council, in some neighborhoods across Palm Beach County:

  • Too many pregnant women still do not get the medical care they need to ensure having a healthy baby; and teen pregnancy remains a problem.
  • Too many babies are born too early and small, putting them at risk for life-long problems with health and learning.
  • Too many children aren’t ready to learn when they enter kindergarten and continue to struggle in school, unable to meet grade-level expectations by the end of 3rd grade. This stepping stone is a huge predictor of future school success.

(For more detail on these and other child well-being indicators, please see CSC’s Zip Code Report: http://cache.trustedpartner.com/docs/library/000238/ZipCodeDataReport.pdf)

The services available through BRIDGES focus on giving children the best possible start in life. Why? Because children, given the fundamental tools for success, are less likely to drop out of school, get pregnant, abuse drugs or end up in prison. This benefits our whole society.

Simply put, what happens today makes a difference tomorrow.

How do BRIDGES work?

BRIDGES support a community-networking concept that coordinates services; reduces duplication of efforts; engages residents; and builds partnerships among businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and civic and religious groups.

The 10 BRIDGES locations are run by local nonprofit organizations (Children’s Home Society and Housing Partnership Inc., in collaboration with St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, Lake Worth Resident Planning Group and New Beginnings Community Development Center) that have experience in community engagement and long-standing relationships within their neighborhoods and beyond. While each BRIDGES is tailored to its community's needs, all aim to help parents raise their children to be healthy, safe and strong.

 

 DirectionsTake I95 to Southern Blvd (US-98 W/SR-80) West via EXIT 68.  Go approximately 40 miles (Past Royal Palm, Past Wellington, Past Lion Country Safari) into Belle Glade. Continue West Past the County Court house and past the Lakeside Medical Center to SR 715. Turn RIGHT onto SR-715 / BACOM POINT RD. SR-715/BACOM POINT RD becomes E 1ST ST.  Continue north past the 1st red light/PNC Bank to the 2nd red light which is S BARFIELD HWY.  Turn RIGHT onto S BARFIELD HWY.  S BARFIELD HWY is just past CYPRESS AVE. 170 S BARFIELD HWY is on the LEFT. (Florida Community Health Ctr. Bldg). If you reach E 2ND ST you've gone a little too far.

 Click on the "What If" button below to learn more about raising your child safely.

  

 

BRIDGES at Pahokee is funded by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County

and by a federal grant from the Department of Education.